Just got back (to England) from holiday - spent a week skiing/munching around Lake Tahoe. Mix of the good, bad and the downright wierd...
Harveys Buffet - had to go to at least one casion buffet to see what all the fuss was about. Harveys (I think). Ultimately a disappointment - after all a buffet is by definition an eaterie where you are guaranteed to feel sick at the sight of food by the end... however the concept of unlimited slow roasted prime rib does have a certain attraction (remember in England a 16 oz steak is considered very, very big).
Nepheles - "creative californian cuisine" - off the wall cal-restaurant. pretty pricy. some nice dishes (some freshly cooked clams worked well) but some which decidedly didn't work - namely on entree of salmon with strawberry jam (!!!). Actually they called it "strawberry, grand marnier mint sauce", but it looked, smelt and tasted like warmed up strawberry jam. The salmon was, admittedly, perfectly cooked - slightly translucent in the middle.
More random casino food. 20 oz t-bone at one place, $16.95 lobster dinner at another (two 4 oz lobsters)! When you come from england big steaks and cheap lobster have a certain appeal...
Evans Gourmet Cafe - undoubtedly the find of the trip. Outstanding food, welcoming, knowledgeable service. Smooth chicken/apple pate (very similar to the chicken/foie gras mousse they dish out at posh places in london), panfried foie gras with curry ice cream (unlike the salmon with strawberry, it works! smooth, cool curry and smooth, hot foie gras. one to try at home). For an entree loin of pork cooked (shock horror!) medium. trichosis be damned, medium is definitely the way to go - moist and tender. Nicely complemented by apple and bacon. Roast venison (or was it elk?) entree as well received. Deserts a bit disappointing, but quality of the other dishes more than made up for it. Only problem is its a couple of miles out of town so you really need a car.
PS snow awesome this year - apparently they had over half a normal years snowfall before christmas!